The Eater Lexicon

Are you an Eatie? Well if you are, then you probably know what it means to be hangry, a food scold, a vegivore, or eat something completely beige.

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What’s IS that? …mono & diglycerides

Ever seen the word “Mono & Diglycerides” on the side of your much loved box of you-name-it and wonder, what is that??? Well then you are in luck! Starting today I’m going to start to demystify your food ingredients & tell you what it’s supposed to be doing in your food!

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Illegible Labels

I know for me, it happened, (and still happens) ALL of the time. And sure, maybe this is one of the many reasons why I need to move out… but till I do, I’m finding fault with the food companies and for that matter, the government too! Take a look at the photo below and you may have an idea about what I’m talking about, or click continue reading & I’ll set up the scenario for you.

Spicy? Hummus

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2011 Wrap-Up

As the 2011 slowly draws to a close, we can look back and think… hey, what happened this past year? For those of you who forgot there were a TON of “epic” events & some that didn’t even include any bacon at all!

Happy 2012

2011's out and 2012 in

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What I ate for dinner…

My sister said people would be interested in this, I truly hope she’s right.

I have a secret… sometimes, I cook. I know, I claim to only know how to bake, but then I make things that look (and taste) pretty decent. So, today ladies and gentlemen, (assuming men read this blog), I present to you “What I ate for dinner”:

My DinnerGrilled Chicken with Quinoa Stir Fry

Continue reading for a recipe & a quick lesson on how to defrost chicken…

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Salted Caramel Pistachio & Pepita Brittle

It’s been a while since I’ve actually baked something for this blog… I guess that’s what happens when you bake at work all the time! Honestly, I’d say the worst part of working in product development is that everything I do make is confidential (such a bummer, I know).  With the holidays coming up, in my house we’ve been preparing goody bags to give to friends, family & most importantly coworkers. That brings me to today’s food science recipe, which comes to us from the Sobey’s Holiday 2011 Inspire magazine (although we switched out the  macadamia nuts for more green… pepitas!).  The science part comes into play when you start to think about all of the different things you can make with just sugar & water! From rock candy, to taffy, to fudge and syrups. The difference between them is the sugar concentration, cooking temperature and how much it has been stirred (plus a couple other key variables). If you have ever made fudge before (which I have not) you probably know how HARD it is! or fudgey? I mean, it sounds hard… apparently there is a lot of stirring. But don’t worry! There’s a lot less stirring going on in this recipe, so click continue reading and try it out!

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Food News – Shoplifting

Very similar to a dunce capThe holiday season is upon us. You know how I can tell? It’s a Monday and the mall is packed full of people. Buying your loved ones gifts is both generous and kind, but what about those who aren’t spending any money for their presents? According to AdWeek,  some retailers gear up to do about 20-40% of their annual sales during this time of the year, but are likely to lose $119 billion to shoplifters. With the economy still in the dumps, locally & globally, it’s understandable that compared to 2010, shoplifting is up 6%. However, people aren’t stealing things they need, the most popular items are based on temptation. About one in 11 people will shoplift, and 75% of shoplifters are adults… with jobs.

So what are people most likely to get their hands on this year? The top 10 items people are stealing are the following:

  • 10. Nikes
  • 9. Chanel No. 5
  • 8. Let’s Rock Elmo
  • 7. Polo Ralph Lauren
  • 6. Axe
  • 5. Gillette Mach
  • 4. iPhone 4
  • 3. Electric tools

But the top 2 are especially interesting…

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The Salad Dressing Dilemma

When you make salad dressing at home, what do you put in it? Olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, maybe a little salt and pepper? If you’re creative maybe even some honey mustard, or jam (just maybe not together). But we don’t always have time to make our own dressing. That’s why sometimes, it’s just easier to buy it. So you pop over to the grocery store and after perusing the shelves decide on this product…

Kraft’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Aged Balsamic Vinaigrette. But did you read the ingredient label? Probably not, but luckily for you! I did…

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Risky Business

Are you sure  you want to be eating that? Ever looked at something and thought… yeah, maybe I won’t be trying that today. Maybe it was the smelly oysters, maybe it was a piece of chicken that was dripping blood. In the end it doesn’t matter, because your intuition told you ” whatever you do, please do not put that in your mouth!”. But sometimes you eat a perfect looking meal and less than 6 hours later you and the toilet have become best friends. More often then not, there are no obvious signs telling you to put your fork down. Which to me, is what’s the scariest!

Ultimately, you want piece of mind. You should be able to know that you won’t have diarrhea or be vomiting from something you ate. So how does one stay safe and not conduct an epidemiological study of food borne diseases? You have to know the basics. Let’s start with something I think everyone should know.

What is the riskiest food item to eat? aka what has the highest probability of making you sick?

Is it a) chicken b) fruits & vegetables c) hamburgers or d) seafood…

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Turkey Day

First off I’d like to say a Happy Thanksgiving to our friends south of the border, and an even happier online Black Friday for those north of the border! Though there are lots of popular dishes on Thanksgiving, the most popular is turkey. So today I’m going to answer some questions & give you random facts about the majestic Turkey.

Continue reading if you’ve ever wondered what that fleshy thing growing on top of turkey’s bill is called, or if eating turkey actually makes you sleepy?

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